…Seeks sound policies, initiatives

By Henry Uche

Lagos State Alumni Fellowship of Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFESAF) has exposed its members in the micro, small and medium business value chain to global audience, at its 4th edition of Business Career Exhibition held in Lagos recently.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Global Body— Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFES) ESUT Alumni Fellowship, Mr. Fred Nnadike, said the essence of the business exhibition was to support and build a community of excellent, Christians who would be role models in their respective careers.

Nnadike who urged believers under the umbrella to keep the faith alive equally charged them to uphold ethical standards, sound corporate governance and avoid sharp practices in their respective profession and business endeavors as ardent followers of Christ.

“We want to encourage what we produce and link our entrepreneurs to the global space. SMEs is indispensable for economic growth and development. The government across board should do something urgently to revive the economy by making the environment conducive for businesses to thrive” he implored.

On his part, the Lagos State Chapter Chairman of the Fellowship, Mr Henry Nnadike, said the leadership of NIFESAF has often reminded the government that MSMEs are still the engine room of every strong economy, and any government that neglects them does that at its peril.

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“Government must address multiple taxation, epileptic power supply, dilapidated road network, and general scorching economic environment. Government must be transparent in their reforms and interventions. Besides, we need informed ideas, programs and policies that must be designed by best brains. The government should learn to put the interest of the masses above their personal interest for posterity sake” he urged.

Similarly, the Vice Chairman of NIFESAF, Lagos Chapter, Mrs. Chika Idalah – Allison, call on the state and federal government to partner with NIFESAF and related organizations which are poised in promoting skills and craftsmanship, particularly for youths.

“Government should partner with organizations promoting skills acquisition, innovation, human capital development, and creative industry. In NIFESAF we are under the mandate to support every entrepreneurs under its umbrella even beyond.

Idalah – Allison told newsmen that she was able to travel to different countries on business purposes, not by virtue of her academic certifications but by sellability of her skills art work and design.

“Nigeria is our only country, we must build it, because the world is waiting for us to step out, and that is what we must all do collaboratively, however, our education curriculum should be designed fit- for -purpose” she asserted.